Finding North

Henry Ford once said, ‘The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.’ This article, Finding North, is a tale of how a simple oversight in understanding north can have devastating consequences. The story begins some 20 years ago when a recent architectural graduate was working on a multi-residential project. There was nothing particularly out of the ordinary about the project apart from its beachfront location. Yet the size and bulk of the project were sure to raise eyebrows from the local council. And sure enough, it did. The… Read More

Identifying innovation opportunities

In our previous article, Understanding Innovation, we learnt about innovation and disruption theory and how to differentiate between sustaining technologies and disruptive technologies. This article, which forms part two of our digital transformation series, continues the narrative by discussing how organisations can identify innovation opportunities and make an informed decision without biases. With resources traditionally focused on project-based work, how and where Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) companies direct their efforts is critical. ”I suppose it is tempting, if the only tool you have is a hammer, to treat every problem as… Read More

MetricMonkey update

Back in May last year, we released a preview of MetricMonkey, our feasibility analysis software, which enables architects, urban designers and property developers to evaluate designs in real-time via an interactive dashboard. Since then, we’ve been busy developing MetricMonkey to incorporate much of the initial user feedback we received. Here is a preview of some of the new features. Mixed-use functionality We don’t live in the 1960s anymore and no longer is it best practice to have single-use zoning. That’s why we’ve incorporated mixed-use functionality. Switching from one function to another is… Read More

Understanding innovation

‘Understanding innovation’ is the first in a five-part series on digital transformation. It draws heavily from research coming out of the Harvard Business Review, particularly the seminal work of Clayton Christensen. Christensen is a Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and was dubbed by Forbes as ‘one of the most influential business theorists of the last 50 years’.1 It should be noted that innovation comes in many shapes and forms. This article, however, is specifically focused on digital technologies within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. ‘Innovation’, as used in… Read More

Parametric Monkey welcomes Victor Martinez to the team

We’re pleased to welcome Víctor Martínez to the Parametric Monkey team. Victor is a Computational BIM Specialist who shares our passion for architecture and digital design tools. Victor is a registered architect in Mexico and holds a Masters of Architecture from the University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Architecture from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. With expertise in spatial analytics and digital fabrication, Victor was previously a Senior Design Researcher at Woods Bagot’s Superspace and a Lead Engineer in Operations at Laing O´Rourke’s Engineering Excellence Group…. Read More

Parametric Monkey 2019 update

Back in March last year, I launched Parametric Monkey as a digital design consultancy to help AEC businesses across the globe to not just do things better, but to do better things. Since then, we’ve received overwhelming support from the industry, which has only strengthened our resolve that digital design tools play a vital role in improving the way buildings are designed, built and operated. What has become crystal clear to us is that an industry-wide cognitive shift is underway. Companies are no longer satisfied with simple operational efficiency gains but are… Read More

UTS Central: A case study in digital fabrication

This case study will present the UTS Central project as an exemplar of how an architect’s design intent can be maintained through the use of material-specific design solutions, parametric modelling and digital fabrication. The project is a striking 17-storey, glass-encased building which forms the final project of the University of Sydney’s (UTS) City Campus Master Plan. Parametrically derived via a set of rules, the sun shading system regulates solar access into the library’s reading room and is manufactured primarily from folded aluminium components. Each of 108 unique bays consists of a louvre, 64 of… Read More

Parametric Monkey announces preview of new feasibility software

I am pleased to announce the preview of MetricMonkey, Parametric Monkey’s feasibility software. The software enables architects, urban designers and property developers to evaluate designs in real-time via an interactive dashboard. MetricMonkey focuses on augmenting, rather than replacing human capabilities so that the designer is always in control. Democratising knowledge Over the past decade or so, designers have become increasingly aware of the enormous value that computational design offers. Yet despite its advantages, many designers have struggled to embed computational design into their design processes. Our experience suggests that this condition is… Read More

2019 workshop series kicks-off

If you’ve been thinking about becoming more digitally competent this year, Parametric Monkey has just announced a series of upcoming workshops focused on improving the digital literacy of designers: Grasshopper Beginner GH101, May 17, 2019 Ladybug for Grasshopper Beginner LB101, June 6, 2019 We all know that it is hard to get away from the office for large chunks of time. That’s why we’ve designed our workshops to suit the demands of AEC professionals. Our workshops run for 3.5hrs sessions so you’ll never be too far away from your project! Not only… Read More

Improving operational effectiveness with Dynamo

Across the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, there are vast differences in how well companies execute basic tasks. The performing of these tasks better than how rivals perform them is known as ‘operational effectiveness’.1 Operational effectiveness is important because it improves productivity and profitability. While many might be quick to point out that operational effectiveness is fundamentally different and not a substitute for a carefully defined strategy, if a company can’t get the operational basics right, it doesn’t matter how brilliant their strategy is.2 This article explores how companies can improve… Read More